Dog droppings marring scenic track
Minority of owners ruining Mt Iron walk
It’s one of the best places in Wanaka to get a great workout with a view but I’m getting sick of having to dodge the increasing piles of steaming dog poo littering the track on Mt Iron.
Tens of thousands of people make the trip over Mt Iron every year.
Many of them are visitors who get a stunning 360 degree view of this beautiful place we call home.
Many are also locals who make the pilgrimage on a regular basis. Lots of those locals take their dogs.
The majority of dog owners I know are responsible.
They love their dogs, they exercise them regularly and they clean up after them – especially if the offending matter is lying in the middle of a public track. While the dog owner is trained to go number twos either before or after their walk, for man’s best friend all that running around gets things moving and the natural reaction is to prop and poop wherever they are.
As the overall number of dog owners increases, it’s obvious there are more irresponsible ones among them who think it’s fine to leave Pluto’s pungent pile for me to have to avoid.
It’s not much fun trying to get dog crap out of the ridges on the soles of your shoes. So how do we fix the problem?
Banning all dogs would certainly work but that’s not fair on those responsible owners who keep their dogs on leads and clean up after them.
Maybe we could make it compulsory to have all dogs in public places wear nappies? Don’t laugh, you can buy doggie diapers. But then we’ve still got the same problem.
There will always be a minority who simply don’t care.
Maybe our only recourse is to try a bit of public humiliation.
If we see someone ignoring the result of Fido’s bowel movement then we simply tell them in a loud but firm voice ‘‘your dog seems to have dropped something, you might want to pick it up’’. ◗ Ed Taylor is general manager of Warbirds Over Wanaka and reckons Wanaka is the best place in the world to live.
Leave our tracks alone
Please, please leave our tracks as they are. I have lived in Wanaka for 20 years and love both walking and biking in our lovely area. No commercial company should have preference over people to use these tracks.
As far as the Outlet track goes, maybe close it to cycle traffic in December, January and February.
Lots of very good folk have made these tracks possible and they are a huge asset to our community which a lot of others do not have. It is our job to preserve these tracks and use them as they were intended, for public use, not guiding companies.
Angela Brown, Wanaka